Even if it’s just your friends making up 99% of your emails and voicemails, it’s important to keep things professional when you’re searching for a job. When a hiring manager comes across your resume, the last thing they want to see is cRaZyGuRL69@xyz.com or email@example.com. It seems like common knowledge, but it’s something hiring managers and employers see too often.
The same professional mindset must also apply to your voicemail. When a potential employer calls and hears, “Hello. Hello? Hellooooo? HA! Gotcha! It’s John and I’m not here so leave a message,” most likely they will not be leaving a message and it will be the last time you’re going to hear from them. Keep this in mind when it comes to ring-back tones, too. Just because you love Justin Bieber, it doesn’t mean potential employers want to hear his latest hit when they call.
Our expert associates at High Profile have compiled some tips on keeping it professional:
- Not ready to let your email address go? Create an entirely new email address for job searching. Plus, this makes it difficult to get your personal and professional emails mixed up.
- Include your name in your new email address. For example, if your name was John T. Smith try: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
- When it comes to recording a new voicemail message, include your name in the message, ask callers to leave their information, and let them know you’ll return their call. For example, “Hi. This is John and I’m unable to answer the phone right now. Please leave a message with your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as possible.”
- Speak clearly and politely. Don’t yell into the phone, but don’t whisper either, and be in a quiet place when recording. Background noises can be very distracting to the caller.
Paying attention to these small details can make a big difference when it comes to finding a job. Do your best to do these things prior to your job search in order to avoid any pitfalls. For more tips on being professional during your job search, contact us at High Profile today!